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Sen. Bill Nelson to have surgery to remove prostate cancer

Nelson says he will run for re-election in 2018

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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will have surgery to remove prostate cancer Monday.

A representative from Nelson's office said the senator showed no symptoms and doctors detected the cancer early during a routine medical exam.

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"I've been blessed with good health, which has allowed me the great privilege of public service -- and I look forward to continuing serving our country and Florida," Nelson said.

Nelson said the diagnosis will not affect his plan to run for re-election in 2018.

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